Thursday, February 12, 2015

word of the day: hawser

The word of the day is hawser:

a heavy rope for mooring or towing.
Middle English haucer < Anglo-French hauceour, equivalent to Middle French hauci (er) to hoist (< Late Latin *altiāre to raise, derivative of Latin altus high; see haughty) (

"Mort thought that history was thrashing around like a steel hawser with the tension off, twanging backwards and forwards across reality in great destructive sweeps."

 - Terry Pratchett, Mort

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